Organizational Behavior

The organizational behavior group is dedicated to advancing research, teaching, and practice regarding the management of organizations.

The group’s faculty members research fundamental questions in organizational behavior, from both a social psychological and a sociological perspective, and publish their research in books and in the top management and social science journals.

MBA courses in organizational behavior help students to understand behavior at both the individual and organization levels. Topics at the individual or “micro” level include individual motivation and behavior, decision-making, interpersonal communication and influence, small group behavior, and individual, dyadic, and intergroup conflict and cooperation. At the organization or “macro” level, topics include organizational growth, organizational change, organizational learning, organizations and leadership, power, social networks, and social responsibility.

More generally, the organizational behavior curriculum helps prepare students for their managerial careers, providing them with frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with the problems and opportunities that typically arise in organizational settings.

Recent Journal Articles in Organizational Behavior

Arthur S. Jago, Jeffrey Pfeffer
Journal of Business Ethics. November
2019, Vol. 160, Issue 1, Pages 71-87
Takuya Sawaoka, Benoît Monin
Social Psychological and Personality Science. October
23, 2019
Justin M. Berg
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. September
2019, Vol. 154, Pages 96-117
Morgan Shields, Sara Scully, Heidi Sculman, Christina Borba, Nhi-Ha Trinh, Sara Singer
Community Mental Health Journal. August
2019, Vol. 55, Issue 6, Pages 916-923
Nir Halevy
Behavioral and Brain Sciences. August
2019, Vol. 42
Parker Goyer, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen, Jonathan Cook, Allison Master, Nancy Apfel, Wonhee Lee, Amelia Henderson, Stephanie Reeves, Jason Okonofua, Gregory Walton
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. August
2019, Vol. 117, Issue 2, Pages 229-259
Rebecca Ferrer, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen
Personality and Social Psychology Review. July
1, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 3, Pages 285-304
Nir Halevy, Michael L. Slepian, Adam D. Galinsky
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. July
1, 2019, Vol. 45, Issue 7, Pages 1129-1151
Dan J. Wang, Hayagreeva Rao, Sarah A. Soule
American Sociological Review. June
1, 2019, Vol. 84, Issue 3, Pages 420-458
Charles A. O’Reilly
California Management Review. May
1, 2019, Vol. 61, Issue 3, Pages 49-71
Kim Peterson, Johanna Anderson, Donald Bourne, Martin Charns, Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, Denise Hynes, Kathryn McDonald, Sara Singer, Elizabeth Yano
Journal of General Internal Medicine. May
2019, Vol. 34, Issue 1, Pages 90-98
Kathryn McDonald, Sara Singer, Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, David Haggstrom, Denise Hynes, Martin Charns, Elizabeth Yano, Michelle Lucatorto, Donna Zulman, Michael Ong, R. Neal Axon, Donna Vogel, Mark Upton
Journal of General Internal Medicine. May
2019, Vol. 34, Issue 1, Pages 24-29

Recent Insights on Organizational Behavior

November 13, 2019
How bias creeps into the language of leadership.
Stanford GSB senior associate dean for academic affairs, Sarah A. Soule, smiling outdoors. Credit: Nancy Rothstein
November 4, 2019
Some may be bold leaders, but they create a dangerous corporate culture.
An employee works on a computer terminal against the backdrop of a picture of late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs at the Startup Village in Kinfra Hi-Tech Park. Credit: Reuters/Sivaram V
November 4, 2019
Strong leadership makes a difference when a big company faces disruption.
 Stanford GSB Professor Charles O’Reilly speaking with the Stanford Hoover Tower in the background. Credit: Mike Elwell
September 17, 2019
Shareholders penalize tech and finance companies for not hiring enough women, new research shows.
Men shown in the lobby with the Google logo reflected in the background. Credit: Reuters/Stephen Lam
August 19, 2019
A Stanford business professor infiltrates the ever-shifting world of eSports to unearth new lessons in corporate adaptability.
Dota 2 Major - OpTic Gaming during the game 1 Draft of the grand final Action. Credit: Reuters/Ed Sykes
August 19, 2019
Our experts’ tips on small changes that can make or break your next presentation.
An audience member takes a photo of someone presenting on stage. Credit: iStock/Django
August 8, 2019
Focusing on craftwork and tradition works better than talking about moonlight and tea gods.
Women drink tea at a tea house in the Hongqiao Antique & Tea Center, downtown Shanghai. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria
July 18, 2019
Social advocacy organizations have greater impact on federal legislation when their experts get to testify.
A hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
May 29, 2019
With outpatient treatment on the rise, could better teamwork guard against error — and the accompanying malpractice suits?
Medical equipment is pictured on the wall of an examination room. Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake
May 29, 2019
A new study mines decades of mountaineering data to measure how groupthink fares against top-down leadership.
Climbers on the way to the top of Mount Everest. Credit: Reuters/Stringer
May 15, 2019
New research shows that people with shared goals can get lured into “pseudo competitions” that hurt all involved.
Cersei from Game of Thrones. Credit: HBO/Helen Sloan
May 9, 2019
When our values don’t align, we struggle to see others’ viewpoints.
Counter-protester Sean Mullin speaks with protester Scott Bannister, of the Liberty For All group, as Bannister demonstrates against the United States’ acceptance of Syrian refugees at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. Credit: Reuters/David Ryder